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Subject: Some kind of Stink Bug(I think)
Location: Mims, Florida
March 31, 2015 9:08 pm
I took these pictures yesterday of what I originally thought was a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, but after viewing pictures of them online I was unable to find any comparable color patterns.
Signature: Zach

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug

Dear Zach,
You are correct that this is a Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, but we needed to research its identity.  Relatively quickly we located the Featured Creatures site indicating that this is a Black Stink Bug,
Proxys punctulatus, and this information is provided:  “The biology of the black stink bug, Proxys punctulatus (Palisot), is not well known. It has a broad geographical range in the Americas but does not appear to damage agricultural crops as do other more important pentatomids. Black stink bugs appear to be facultative feeders on plants and other insects.”  The host plants are listed as:  “Black stink bugs have been collected in cotton, soybean and citrus. They feed on plant juices, with some documented association with Commelina (dayflowers) species. Although the black stink bug is a phytophagous species, it can also be predaceous, and has been found attacking insect larvae in cotton.”  Additional information can be found on BugGuide.  It seems the only other image of a Black Stink Bug in our archives is nine years old.

Black Stink Bug

Black Stink Bug

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Subject: Art bug?
Location: Jordan Valley, Israel
March 29, 2015 12:30 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this beauty on the front fender of an ATV while ona jeep trip in the Jordan Valley yesterday.
I took a picture and then let him go (a safe distance from the ATV).
I didn’t find anything on my morning research session, but I’ll keep trying. My main source of Israel Insect information is the Israel Insect World website http://israel-nature-site.com, but there are no photos of bug nymphs on it.
Any ideas?
Signature: Ben from Israel

Stink Bug Nymph

Stink Bug Nymph

Hi Ben,
This is an immature Stink Bug in the family Pentatomidae, and based on its size, it is a very early instar.  It is possible that its markings and coloration may change during each of its five instar phases, and it is also possible that there is great variation within a species.  With all that said, we were unable to locate a species match during a quick internet search.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Fairhope, AL
March 17, 2015 2:37 pm
This bug looks like the same size of a lady bug but blackish until you zoom in, has a blotchy tent? Any help would be great with if.
Thanks
Signature: Nick

Lablab Bug

Lablab Bug

Hi Nick,
This Lablab Bug or Bean Plataspid,
Megacopta cribraria, is an invasive species introduced from Asia.  According to BugGuide, its common name is Kudzu Bug as it feeds on that invasive plant.  Lablab Bugs can get very plentiful, becoming a nuisance around homes.

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Subject: Cool Costa Rican Beetle
Location: Santa Elena, Costa Rica
February 25, 2015 7:59 am
We found this beetle at high elevations in Costa Rica (Santa Elena/Monteverde in February) I’ve looked around and can’t seem to find a picture to identify it. Can you help? It was found on a fence between cleared farmland and forest near an ant trail.
Signature: C Avilez

Spotted Shield Bug

Spotted Shield Bug

Dear C Avilez,
This is not a Beetle.  We quickly identified this Shield Bug in the family Scutelleridae as a Spotted Shield Bug,
Pachycoris torridus, thanks an image on FlickR.  Some of the variations in markings and coloration are pictured on Neotropical Entomology.

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Subject: Keep getting these in the house
Location: Ma
January 25, 2015 6:29 am
I live in MA and they have been coming since we moved in in June.
Signature: Lisa

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Lisa,
This is an invasive, exotic species, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, and it was accidentally introduced to North America from China.  It has since spread across the continent and it is a nuisance to residents when it enters homes to hibernate.  It is also a significant agricultural pest.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: South Carolina
January 4, 2015 8:49 pm
I have found three of these in my house. What are they? They move slowly.
Signature: Hates bugs

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Hates bugs,
This is an invasive exotic species, a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  It was recently introduced to North America and spread rapidly across the continent.

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